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Washington Redskins 2016 Draft Profiles: Jarran Reed, DT

Hogs Haven takes a look at 2016 NFL Draft prospects that could contribute to the Redskins.

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Jarran Reed, DT
School: Alabama | Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior | Age: 22
Height / Weight: 6-3 / 311 lbs
Projected Draft Status: Late 1st - Early 2nd
NFL Comparison: Eddie Goldman

College Statistics

Player Overview

Reed started his college career at East Mississippi Community College before transferring to Alabama. Reed is a run stopping force. He's very physical at the point of attack and disrupts the opposing lineman's ability to effectively run block. Reed played NT in Alabama's 3-4 front. He uses his strength and leverage very well, he converts his strength to power very well and plays with good enough instincts to become a space eater in the middle or help set the edge preventing running lanes from opening up. He has good enough feet to move laterally and shows good bend to get around blockers when rushing. Reed was arrested in 2014 for a DUI while backing out of a parking lot and hitting another vehicle. His blood alcohol level was 0.13 (legal limit is 0.08). Reed is very talented but it will be interesting among which teams this will be an issue if any.


  • Tough, physical and tenacious at the point of attack.
  • Uses his lateral ability and power well in closing potential gaps for runners.
  • When he engages a blocker he is one in control, he is very difficult to move.
  • Great vision and instincts to find the gap where the runner is going get to it and seal it.


  • Lacks repertoire of pass rush moves, he has inactive hands in general to disengage when needed or to generate pressure.
  • Lack of pass rush ability as a whole, he is a run stopping DT right now and not a complete one with pass rushing ability. If he does generate a rush its going to be over a short distance and in a straight line, doesn't possess the athleticism to turn corners and chase down ball carriers.
  • Was subbed out on obvious passing downs at Alabama for the reasons stated above. 
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How He Would Fit on the Redskins

Reed comes from a 2-gap 3-4 at Alabama I have no doubt he could come into our 1-gap scheme and be effective. He would be a run stopping force on the defensive line. It is uncertain if Terrence Knighton will be resigned, and Jason Hatcher is mulling retirement. The Redskins need an influx of youth and talent all over the defensive line but it is especially important that a player that can come in and play NT. In my view, he is a player that you would keep in at 3rd and short and sub out in 3rd and long. Some may question a pick at 21 that doesn't contribute on all 3 downs but I think Reed's excellent ability against the run warrants serious consideration at 21 if he is still on the board.